Indigo Girls (album)

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Indigo Girls
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 28, 1989
October 3, 2000 (Reissue)
RecordedOcean Way, Los Angeles; John Keane Studios, Athens, GA.; Can Am Studios, Tarzana, CA, 1988
GenreFolk
Length44:36
51:43 (2000 reissue)
LabelEpic
ProducerScott Litt
Indigo Girls chronology
Strange Fire
(1987)
Indigo Girls
(1989)
Nomads Indians Saints
(1990)
Singles from Indigo Girls
  1. "Closer to Fine"
  2. "Tried to Be True"
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
The Philadelphia Inquirer4/4 stars[3]
Q4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[6]
The Village VoiceC−[7]

Indigo Girls is the second studio album and first major label release by the Indigo Girls. It was originally released in 1989 on Epic Records. It was reissued and remastered in 2000 with two bonus tracks.

The album received mostly excellent critical reviews, went gold after six months and eventually went platinum. The duo was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy (losing to Milli Vanilli), and won one for Best Contemporary Folk Recording.

Michael Stipe sang on "Kid Fears", and the other members of R.E.M. performed on "Tried to Be True". In addition, the Irish band Hothouse Flowers backed the duo on several tracks, notably "Closer to Fine". "Kid Fears" was covered by Benny (Ibarra) on his 1992 album Hablame Como La Lluvia with lyrics in Spanish.

"Closer to Fine" is one of their most frequently performed songs, and is often their closing number.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Closer to Fine" (Emily Saliers) – 4:02
  2. "Secure Yourself" (Amy Ray) – 3:35
  3. "Kid Fears" (Ray) – 4:34
  4. "Prince of Darkness" (Saliers) – 5:21
  5. "Blood and Fire" (Ray) – 4:38
  6. "Tried to Be True" (Ray) – 2:59
  7. "Love's Recovery" (Saliers) – 4:23
  8. "Land of Canaan" (Ray) – 3:57
  9. "Center Stage" (Ray) – 4:46
  10. "History of Us" (Saliers) – 5:27
2000 reissue bonus tracks
  1. "Land of Canaan" (Radio Single Remix) (Ray) – 3:06
  2. "Center Stage" (Live) (Ray) – 4:04 Recorded live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London, November 24, 1994

Personnel[edit]

Indigo Girls
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Album
Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 22
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Closer to Fine" Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 26
1989 "Closer to Fine" The Billboard Hot 100 52
1989 "Closer to Fine" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 48
1989 "Closer to Fine" Billboard Adult Contemporary 48

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA – U.S. Gold September 11, 1989
RIAA – U.S. Platinum April 16, 1992
RIAA – U.S. Double Platinum June 3, 1997

References[edit]

  1. ^ McCartney, Kelly. "Indigo Girls – Indigo Girls". AllMusic. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ Moon, Tom (March 12, 1989). "Indigo Girls: Indigo Girls (Epic)". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  4. ^ "Indigo Girls: Indigo Girls". Q (172): 124. January 2001.
  5. ^ Guterman, Jimmy (May 4, 1989). "Indigo Girls: Indigo Girls". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  6. ^ Berger, Arion (2004). "Indigo Girls". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 404–05. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 28, 1989). "Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  8. ^ Indigo Girls: Setlist statistics